May 27, 2022 Communities

Where to Pick Your Own Fruit This Summer in the Omaha Area, Mapped

Once you bite into a plump, juicy strawberry straight off the vine, you can’t go back!

All summer long, there are a handful of places in the Omaha area where you can pick your own strawberries — and other types of fruit, like raspberries, blackberries, cherries, pears and more.

These you-pick farms in the Omaha area offer more than just fresh fruit ripe for the picking. They provide an immersive, hands-on farm experience for all ages, complete with other amenities, like hayrides, gift shops, playgrounds and more. So be sure to dress for the elements in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and apply plenty of sunscreen. But trust us — after toiling under the sun to collect your bounty, you’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor that much more!

To help you track down the orchard nearest you, we mapped them all out. Which will you pick?

 

Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Ranch | Papillion, NE

You-Pick Season Begins in Early June

Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Patch Bellevue, NE
Photo Courtesy of Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Patch

For more than 30 years, Bellevue Berry Farm & Pumpkin Patch has been owned and operated by the Schaefer family, who have deep roots in Nebraska’s frontier history dating back to the early 1800s. Today, the farm grows strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, sugar snap peas and asparagus, which visitors can pick themselves. Plus, during the fall, they grow you-pick pumpkins and other fall crops on more than 20 acres. But Bellevue Berry Farm is more than just a you-pick farm! They provide a unique country experience where guests can see a variety of farm antiques, livestock and crops, as well as unique play areas patterned after what life was like for kids 40–100 years ago. They also offer hayrides through 20 acres of woods along the Old Papio Creek bed. Plus, there are unique treehouses and a replica small western frontier town and playgrounds, including a three-story, 120-foot-long pirate ship.

In 2022, strawberry season will begin around June 1, and red raspberries and blackberries will be ready in the middle of July. Return in the fall for pumpkin season kicking off September 18 through Halloween!

 

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard | Council Bluffs, IA

You-Pick Season Begins May 26, 2022

Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard Council Bluffs, IA
Photo Courtesy of Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard

Since 1994, Ditmars has been a favorite fall destination amongst Council Bluffs residents. They’ve always been known for their apple orchard — with nearly 20 apple varieties available — but they’ve evolved to offer so much more over the years. Ditmars now has their own vineyard and wine production, a pumpkin patch, and a variety of produce throughout the summer and fall.

Their you-pick season begins on May 26, 2022 with strawberries in two main varieties, June-bearers and Everbearer, with a few berries produced in between. Their strawberries are sold by the pound and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ditmars has plenty of bags available, but you are welcome to bring your own reusable bag or basket!

 

Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard | Nebraska City, NE

You-Pick Season Begins Late May 2022

Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard Nebraska City, NE
Photo Courtesy of Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard Educational Foundation

Tradition meets evolution in the story of Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard, which dates back to 1925. Over nearly 100 years, Richard and Laurine Kimmel’s belief in caring for and sharing the land’s richness with family, friends and neighbors lives on. Kimmel’s is dedicated to agricultural education, research and historic preservation, while providing a fun and memorable experience for the whole family.

From late May through October, Kimmel Orchard has plenty of fruit available for you-pick, including strawberries, cherries, peaches, blackberries, Asian pears, apples and pumpkins! Check out their u-pick page to see what’s currently in season (and when each fruit will be in season), keeping in mind that availability is at the hands of Mother Nature. Free roam 40 acres of fields to uncover seasonal fruits, guided by educational markers along the way. The Kimmel team will provide picking bags and containers, and help you weight your fruit for purchase — and they’ll even pit your cherries for you!

 

Nelson Produce Farm | Valley, NE

You-Pick Season Begins June 2, 2022

Nelson Produce Farm
Photo Courtesy of Nelson Produce Farm

For more than 15 years, the Nelson family has been supplying Omaha and the surrounding areas with farm-fresh produce. And in 2019, they opened their farm to the public to help bridge the gap between rural and urban Nebraska. Today, Nelson Produce Farm has a thriving you-pick operation, with more than 5 acres of produce to pick from.

You can pick strawberries June through September, tomatoes mid-June through October, green beans and pickling cucumbers June through August, lettuce June through July, bell peppers and jalapeños July through October, sunflowers in September, and potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash in October. Click here for more information about you-pick produce at Nelson Produce Farm, as availability is subject to change throughout the season!

 

Trees, Shrubs & More | Bellevue, NE

Trees, Shrubs & More Bellevue, NE

Situated just down the road in Bellevue, Trees, Shrubs & More has it all — a full-service garden center and nursery, a gift shop, a landscaping and paving company, and more. Plus, they have a massive orchard with juicy, crisp, tree-ripened fruit, available for you-pick! TS&M grows apples on more than 3,000 dwarf apple trees, three varieties of both Asian and traditional pears, and a few types of peaches. The orchard is neat and well-maintained, providing a clean “on the farm” experience for expert and first-time pickers alike. Click here or follow TS&M on Facebook for more updates as the 2022 season goes on.

 

Happy Picking!

Which you-pick farm in the Omaha area is your family’s favorite? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

May 27, 2022 Communities
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